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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Oct 21, 2010 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I'm gonna listen to the river sing sweet songs to block my Jones...


...Happy Birthday Brent!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 21, 2010 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm gonna listen to the river sing sweet songs to block my Jones...

Wow . I would have never known .
Often derided and mocked . His joining the GD a milestone , which many mark as the beginning of the sharp decline of the band . Plinky keys , ect. , ect. .
For me , most of the time his were the paws that pleased . His bummer songs I could do without , but I did like MrF , HPW and a few others . Unfortunately , only at the end did he step forward and help create the last renaissance of the GD ( 9-89 to 9-90 ). He was/is missed . Another milestone as many of my friends stopped touring , some even going to shows .

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Poster: BataviaSparky Date: Oct 21, 2010 9:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the river sang sweet songs -for the short time Jah let him

Micah, if you missed it, I admitted my hyppocracy the other night referring to negative reviews/comments, as you got me!

To clarify, though, I didn't really want to say negative blanket statements such as "Ratdog sounded like barf", or that "Joan singing with the band was just plain shit". nope.
Just wanted to say that for ME, on that one particular day, the band's music just left me feeling stupid (not too rare of an event, regrettably).

As for Brent, I sure do miss that long-haired freak. More so for his piano playing, but also for his vocal contributions, as well as his knack for providing the "X-Factor".

As I believe I've argued before on this very forum, Brent had the ability to carry a show when the band may have been otherwise flat. Also, there were plenty of shows I personally was blessed to be a part of, where Brent brought to the table the spark that propelled the band forward to the energy level that many of their tunes require.

I'm gonna try a little hijack here, for that I apologize. Lately I listened to a bit more Dead than I had been (On a binge, you might say) and I have formed an opinion that many of the songs the band played are not only simple in structure, but also kinda repetitive concerning chords and progressions. My feeling is that is WAS the energy and enthusiasm of the musicians as well as us (the audience) that turned these songs into something special.

Which sets them apart from the Phishes, Blotto's, Max Creeks, DSO's, etc. of the world. The X factor, baby!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 25, 2010 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the river sang sweet songs -for the short time Jah let him

Batavia S. , breathe man . We all are .
Sorry I missed your post earlier . My IA skills are flagging .
Brent was a bridge too far for many vets . But for those of us that knew only Brent on the keys , we had no other reference point . And that would be live , where the rubber met the road with the GD . Tapes and vids can bring you only so far . So when we speak of bonding and becoming a dhead , for us born in the 60's or early 70's , Brent was part of the deal . Brent was a spark and played beautifully at times .
Stepping back and being objective , as far as that's possible ...

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Poster: T-Mac Date: Oct 22, 2010 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the river sang sweet songs -for the short time Jah let him

I've seen moments of Phish that have deffinately taken me somewhere. Not to say they troll the emotional depths / spaces GD did, but they're fun. At least they used to be...

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